15 November 2014


Last weekend we headed up to Penntengil Farm in Salisbury, MA to explore their Vintage Holiday Bazaar. It was fun to walk around and it helped us to start to round out our holiday shopping list. Clearly, the highlight for the excursion for Oliver was driving the tractor.

Riding bikes home after swim class, Harvard COOP storytime and lunch at Shake Shack

And finally, this week at school was a vast improvement over his first. He did really well with drop off and is coming home with stories about his days as opposed to what he is missing about his old school. I do believe the fact that he got his first real backpack helped with the happy factor. hey it's the little things, right?

11 November 2014

Taste it: Maple-roasted butternut squash salad

This salad screams fall/winter to me. And your house smells amazing while the butternut squash is roasting. It is a win win for dinner time. The main star of the show is the sweet yet spicy crunchy on the outside, puffy on the inside little nuggets of butternut squash but all of the elements of this salad balance out to create a satisfying meal. So click through to read about the yummy fall favourite in our house. 

05 November 2014


my bug. my boy. my big blue-grey eyed mini date on the town. I may be feeling a wee bit emotional today because you see this week is his new week at his new school. Yesterday was his first day and he was so excited and proud all day at school until I picked him up and then he was a cranky mess. So then cue this morning which started out just fine around the breakfast table but quickly crumbled in the car. He started listing off things that he missed about his old school and that he did not want to go to his new school. I was trying my best to be cheerful with him but as soon as we parked the car the tears started and Oliver clung to me with every fiber of his being. And he stayed that way until I extracted him and gave him a kiss and hug and I tearfully left the room. I know he will rally and have fun and I hope we can keep him on the up swing for the end of the week.  

So before school started we had and Oliver/Mama dater.  We did our third installment of a hand cut silhouette by Erik Johnson. He is an amazing 3rd generation silhouette artist and I highly recommend getting a beautiful memento for your home.  

reading a passel of superhero books at the Brookline Booksmith

We ran around like crazy people at Joey's Park in Belmont. 

02 November 2014


a bit late to the game. again. sorry. but here are a bunch of our comings and goings for leading up to Halloween. Oliver was totally loving on Halloween this year and was super excited to go trick or treating with all of his neighborhood buddies. We live in a great part of Cambridge which has a street that shuts down and is full of themed filled houses and we walk down from our house and get to reap the benefits. 

sweet snuggles on a farm outing. 

annual trip up to Freeport, ME to get some xmas shopping wrapped up early. and wander around LL Bean, of course. 

pumpkin carving.  

saying good-bye to some wonderful friends at his old school before he starts his new school this week. fingers crossed that the transition goes smoothly. it was hard to say good-bye. 

and yes, the main event...Halloween! what a blast to galavant around with all these kiddos. Everyone had a great time, adults included.
crazy town on Dudley St. 
candy jubilation!  

inspecting the loot at the end of the evening.

24 October 2014


a couple shots from our apres swim class Shake Shack picnic on Saturday down at the Charles River for the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Head of the Charles Regatta, 2014

Every year down by the banks of the Charles River, one of my favourite events occurs; The Head of the Charles Regatta, one of the largest head races for rowing the world. It is a spectacle of sport and even if you do not know a thing about rowing it is a wonderful excuse to go down to the river and see a beautiful event. Personally, it is a family affair for us. Matt works as a rowing coach and director of coaching education at Community Rowing Inc. One of Oliver's favourite activities is going to "daddy's" boathouse to see the boats and erg. And of course rowing is how Matt and I met (insert awww). We both participated in the club rowing program at Denison University and during my freshman year I had the pleasure of coxing the woman's eight in the Head of the Charles.  

my two bugs.

such a handsome boy.


watching more closely

bonus, there was a race car in the Vespoli tent and Oliver got to "drive" it.

on the winner's stage.

with daddy. 

it was a gorgeous day. 

wrapping up the day before we head home.

17 October 2014


I call this series of images; Oliver in respite. His naps are few and far between but when he crashes he crashes hard. And then it takes a rather herculean effort to rouse him and get him outside to run around at the park. So when I go in to get him up I have been snapping these pictures just because he always looks so sweet and small when he sleeps. I love him in his big boy bed with his Avengers sheets and about a million books stuffed under the pillows, I love the handsome, bull headed boy he is turning into who plays hard and yet still loves to cuddle. How sweet it is, even on the stubborn, exhausting days.